Our Team


Sandra Giet: Lead Pastor

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I was born in Manhattan, NY, but raised in Manhattan Beach, CA. Growing up in a sleepy beach town was a wonderful childhood. However, church was never a thing. I never felt a need for God.

God has a way of breaking into our lives in very unexpected ways. I was living my dream, it was my first quarter at UCLA, when I was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease, Lupus. I was struck down physically, emotionally and spiritually.

My eyes were open to God in a way I could have never imagined. I can only describe it as a “Damascus Road" experience. It’s interesting when you look back on your life,  you discover some of the most painful times in your life, were the most transformational. 

I experienced a need I never knew was so deep. In reality, I had always felt a shame that was deep and need for approval from others, which led me to do many regretful things. And then Jesus poured love, joy and purpose into my life I never knew existed.

When I discovered Christ, it’s not exaggeration to say “everything changed”. God restored my health and gave me a new vision for my future. I finished UCLA and then went to Fuller Seminary.

I’ve experienced the transforming power of Christ in my own life and witnessed it in countless others. I’m excited to see what God does in your life!

Sandra has a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from UCLA School of Theater film and Television. Sandra is an ordained pastor.  She has served as  an associate pastor at the Westside Vineyard Church for the last 15 years and previously at Hope Chapel Hermosa Beach.

Like:
rain/ sushi / survivor / ireland / seekers / english breakfast tea /  homemade meals / wit / second chances / strong hugs / oysters / new friends / kids / shabby chic / perfectly ripe avocado /  this is us / cashmere /  olive bread / elevation worship /  creme brulee / snorkleing  / pinot noir / pink martini  orchestra / vulnerability / the hollywood bowl / thai massage / green smoothies / italy / taylor swift / cilantro / tahiti / lemon meringue pie / barre / period dramas / afternoon tea / flannel sheets / grace /

Dislike:

traffic / politics / automated attendants / pretention / slow internet connection/ small talk / tv news / cliques / movie theaters / chocolate / gossip / legalism / short sightedness / running late / sitcoms / a critical spirit / fomo / long layovers / the sound of something rolling around in the back of my car/ when my last name is pronounced phonetically.  its pronounced  "jee-ay" (and with attitude) ... it's belgian /  

 

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This church is led by a great team of people. 

Over the years we've seen  Jesus restore countless lives and do extraordinary things. That’s why we are here. We want to see more of that. We love L.A.!

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